Its time to set things straight here. I see so much crap about Top Ten Best Fighter Jets in the world everywhere. And they all contains the crappy useless F-22 and the even more useless F-35.
I give full praise and glory to the wonderful F-104 up to F-15 F-16 and the F-18 Super Hornet. Marvellous jets all of them. I got no problem with that.
But when they put the worst most expensive crap on those lists I see red. Anyone writing good things about these two jets is brainwashed by the American automatic brainwash machine. The military complex or the finance. Because these jets are a joke, both of them. F-22 is now history thanks for that. The F-35 is the most useless fighter jet ever produced out of USA. When tested in aerial combat it couldn’t beat the old F-16 Falcon. It got beaten 9/10 times. Speaks for itself really. Also the cockpit is made like a joke, so that the pilots can’t turn their heads properly WTF? A beginners fault really. What level of tech skill is that.
So I decided to do my own list. Here is a top 15 list based on functionality and combat proven skills. A list should contain that when it comes to fighter jets. ehh..that’s kinda what they do. I know that each era demanded its own fighter with special tech for that time. So this comparison is made with that in mind.
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Of course, it is not only air forces that fly fighter aircraft. The F6F Hellcat can’t compare with the Spitfire, the P-51, or the Bf 109 on many basic flight characteristics, although its ability to climb was first-rate. What the F6F could do, however, was reliably fly from aircraft carriers, and it rode point on the great, decisive U.S. Navy carrier offensive of World War II. Entering the war in September 1943, it won 75% of USN aerial victories in the Pacific.
USN ace David McCampbell shot down nine Japanese aircraft in one day flying a Hellcat. The F6F was heavily armed, and could take considerably more battle damage than its contemporaries. Overall, the F6F claimed nearly 5,200 kills at a loss of 270 aircraft in aerial combat, including a 13:1 ratio against the
Messerschmitt Me-262 Swallow
Even thou the Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow, in English) failed to win the war for Germany, and couldn’t stop the Combined Bomber Offensive. Had German military authorities made the right decisions, however, it might at least have accomplished the second.
It is known as the world’s first operational jet fighter, full-scale production of the Me 262 was delayed by resistance within the German government and the Luftwaffe to devoting resources to an experimental aircraft without a clear role. Early efforts to turn it into a fighter-bomber fell flat. As the need for a superlative interceptor become apparent, however, the Me 262 found its place. The Swallow proved devastating against American bomber formations, and could outrun any American pursuit aircraft.
Brewster F2A Buffalo
Ilmari Juutilainen, Finland had 126 confirmed aerial combat victories in this aircraft. Even thou Americans never really knew how good this plane was.
The stubby F2A Buffalo series became the United States Navy’s first operational aircraft of monoplane design. Despite this honour, the system as a whole failed to live up to expectations set forth by technology and combat tactics in the Second World War.
The design of the Brewster Buffalo was fundamental in every sense of the word with the four fixed 12.7mm machine guns being the only true saving grace of the machine. The aircraft proved too heavy for dogfighting ( which was not the case for Ilmari Juutilainen) and suffered from poor manoeuvrability to boot.
From the initial order of 54, only 11 were actually accepted into service with US forces, seeing action in the first engagement at the Battle of Midway. The British received the F2A as well, going on to furnish the official name of “Buffalo” to the system. Initial experiences showed the aircraft too outmatched for even the slightest of engagements in Europe and the system was shipped to the Pacific where it found modest success in Singapore against the Japanese. Finland proved to be the only successful user of the Brewster F2A Buffalo, fighting off wave after wave of Soviet aggression during three years of war (Russo-Finnish War).
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
At the outset of World War II, Japan naval aviation outpaced that of the United States, according to Jon Parshall, co-author of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway. The Japanese Imperial Navy could deploy devastating dive bomber and torpedo bomber attacks, destroying hopelessly over matched Allied carriers within minutes, Parshall says. But the true class of the fleet was the Zero fighter, manufactured by Mitsubishi. Despite its reputation for early war dominance that endures today, he says, the Zero might even be underrated. “You have to give it props, if nothing else, for the shock value that it induced in the Allies,” Parshall says. Put simply, the Zero could fly circles around anything the British or Americans could manufacture early on.
Japan continued to fly Zeroes until 1945, when they had become long outdated. Other World War II fighters deserve mention for their prowess, including British Spitfires and Hurricanes, German Fw-190s and Bf-109s, and American P-51s and P-38s. But in its heyday, Parshall says, nothing could touch the Zero planes.
Saab 35 Draken (Dragon)
The Saab 35 Draken (“kite” or “dragon”) was a Swedish fighter aircraft manufactured by Saab between 1955 and 1974. The Draken was built to replace the Saab J 29 Tunnan and, later, the fighter variant (J 32B) of the Saab 32 Lansen. The indigenous J 35 was a super effective supersonic Cold War fighter that was also successfully exported to Austria, Denmark, Finland, and to the United States as a test pilot training aircraft. And proven there as very difficult to match even with modern standards.
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
The Phantom was a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It could carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hard points, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated an M61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance, including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record.
During the Vietnam War, the F-4 was used extensively, it served as the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, and became important in the ground-attack and aerial reconnaissance roles late in the war. The Phantom has the distinction of being the last U.S. fighter flown to attain ace status in the 20th century. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Air Force had one pilot and two weapon systems officers (WSOs), and the US Navy had one pilot and one radar intercept officer (RIO) become aces by achieving five aerial kills against enemy fighter aircraft
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Currently the Super Hornet is the most capable US Navy’s multi-role fighter. It is based on the aircraft carriers can attack both air and surface targets. The Super Hornet is also in service with Australia as the main fighter aircraft.
The F/A-18E/F is a larger and more capable derivative of the F/A-18C/D Hornet. The Super Hornet is fitted with new engines. It has additional hard points and can carry more missiles. This aircraft has extended range due to larger internal storage of fuel. The Super Hornet also has improved avionics. Some measures were taken to reduce radar cross-section of this aircraft.
In close air combat, the Super Hornet is much manoeuvrable (with a good authority at slow speed and high AOA – angle of attack) and, even if it lacks the AIM-54 Phoenix for the long distances in BVR (Beyond Visual Range) engagements, it has got the JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System) and the AIM-9X Sidewinder for the dogfights which the F-14 didn’t integrate.
The F/A-18 has demonstrated its capabilities and versatility over and over again, during Operation Desert Storm, shooting down enemy fighters and subsequently bombing enemy targets with the same aircraft on the same mission, and breaking all records for tactical aircraft in availability, reliability, and maintainability.
A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog”
The A-10 Thunderbolt II, affectionately nicknamed “The Warthog,” was developed for the United States Air Force by the OEM Team from Fairchild Republic Company, now a part of Northrop Grumman Corporation Aerospace Systems Eastern Region located in Bethpage NY and St. Augustine FL. Following in the footsteps of the legendary P47 Thunderbolt, the OEM Team was awarded a study contract in the 1960s to define requirements for a new Close Air Support aircraft, rugged and survivable, to protect combat troops on the ground. This initial study was followed up by a prototype development contract for the A-X, and a final flyoff competition resulting in the selection of the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
Imagine an unstoppable commercial Learjet with a full-automatic cannon in its nose and an iron bathtub surrounding the cockpit. That gives you some idea of the A-10’s appearance and performance. The A-10 is perhaps most interesting for what it is not. It’s subsonic, meaning it can’t exceed the speed of sound like so many other warplanes can. Unlike the Air Force’s other fighters, it’s not suited for a combat pilot’s most prestigious role, battling other planes in the air. It’s blunt, blocky and, by Air Force standards, ugly. In many ways, the Warthog is the antithesis of a modern jet fighter. But it really always gets the job done for the common foot soldiers.
Really deserves a medal for its own functionality. Never stops, never fails. Originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force, F-16 Fighting Falcon is at No. 3 in our list. Designed as an air superiority day fighter, this single-engine fighter evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Since production was approved in 1976, more than 4,500 aircraft have been built and serve in the air forces of 25 other nations.
And lately it beat up the new talked about J-35 with ease in aerial combat. Age doesn’t seem to matter to the Falcon.
One of the most successful modern and advanced jet fighters, with over 100 aerial combat victories. Designed by McDonnell Douglas, F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter jet. The Eagle first flew in July 1972, and since that, it has been exported to many nations, notably Japan, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
The legendary Eagle is also a very robust aircraft, that can survive some serious damages. As shown by a very well-known incident which occurred in 1983, in the skies over Nahal Tzin in the Negev desert, in Israel, during a mock aerial combat between two Israeli Air Force F-15Ds and four A-4Ns, when one of the Eagles, the F-15D #957 nicknamed ‘Markia Shchakim’, 5 killmarks, used for conversion of a new pilot named Zivi Nedivi, collided mid-air with one of the Skyhawks.
Pilot manage to reached the air base, he lowered the tail hook, touched down at about 260 knots, which was twice the speed recommended for a standard landing, and managed to stop the plane about 10 meters before it engaged the Safeland Airfield Arrester Barrier. As told by Easley, it was only after he turned back to shake his instructor’s hand, that Zivi discovered that he had flown and landed without a wing!
Sukhoi’s Su-27 (NATO reporting name “Flanker” was the Soviet’s answer effort to then-new American aircraft like the F-15 and F-16. The plane conducted its maiden flight in the late 1970s and was introduced into service in the Soviet Air Force in 1985. It has since then proven to be a very competent aircraft with several air combat victories.
Was a small, short-range, and widely produced aircraft, Mikoyan’s MiG-29 (NATO reporting name “Fulcrum”) might accurately be described as the TIE Fighter of the former U.S.S.R. Entering service for the Soviet Union in 1983, the MiG-29, much like the Su-27, was designed to compete with the F-15 and F-16.
While the MiG-29 is smaller than the Su-27, and cannot compete with it in terms of range, speed, and quality, it compensates in one critical area: manoeuvrability. In fact, post-Cold War tests carried out by the German Luftwaffe revealed that the Mikoyan jet was more agile than the F-16. MIG 29 has also proven itself many times in air combat.
Saab JAS 39 Gripen NG
Not only is it small, it’s also extremely fast. The maneuver capability is fantastic. It also has an awesome way to make its radar more capable than anything in the air. SAAB has come up with an ingenious solution to this problem to spin an angled AESA radar array around on a platter.
This system, which is called a repositioner, is ingenious as it allows the Gripen NG’s Raven ES-05 radar to gain another 40 degrees of scanning ability to either side of the aircraft’s nose. This is in addition to the 60 degrees AESA radar sets typically provide (120 degrees combined).
Gripen has proven itself during the Libya war. Sweden’s five Gripen took part in NATO operations over Libya and passed the 1000 flight hour mark whilst flying reconnaissance missions over the North African nation. They alone delivered almost 40% of the reconnaissance reports for Operation Unified Protector. No Gripen fighter was ever shot down.
Russia’s fighter fleet provides an array of dynamic platforms that can be refitted and updated to conduct an array of missions. Nevertheless, a fighter platform can only be stretched so far, and the Soviet Union, like the United States, designed strategic bombers to carry out long-range campaigns with a heavy weapons supply.
For exactly this purpose, the Russian Federation recently announced it will resume production of the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers (NATO reporting name “Blackjack”)
The Tu-160 is incredibly fast for a strategic bomber, achieving a maximum speed of 2,220 km/hour. This far outpaces the American strategic bombers like the B1-B Lancer (1,448 km/hour) and the B-52 (1,000 km/hour). The Tu-160 boasts an impressive 7,300 km combat radius and made its first transatlantic flight from Murmansk to Venezuela in 2008.
Sukhoi’s PAK FA T50
The MiG-29, Sukhoi Su-27, and their derivatives are at least intended to match the capabilities of American and European fourth generation fighter models like the F-15, F-16, Dassault Rafale, & Eurofighter Typhoon. Sukhoi’s PAK FA multirole stealth fighter flies in a league of its own as Russia’s only direct answer to U.S. fifth generation designs.
So this was IMHO the list which concludes my Jet fighter survey.